Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Okazaki, S. 2010. Acculturation. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Acculturation is commonly understood as a process of change that results from prolonged cultural contact. The anthropologists Redfield, Linton, and Herskovits (1936) defined acculturation as “those phenomena which result when groups of individuals having different cultures come into continuous firsthand contact, with subsequent changes in the original culture patterns of either or both groups” (p. 149). The modern concept of acculturation traces its disciplinary roots to anthropology and sociology, where scholars sought to understand the effects of cultural contacts arising from various forms of colonization, immigration, and modernization taking place during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.